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Godstow Abbey, chapel f.178

Godstow Abbey, chapel f.178

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15545

Item number: f.178

Length: 27.5

Width: 38

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The abbey was a former Benedictine nunnery founded in 1133. It was dissolved along with many other religious houses in 1539 by King Henry VIII during his dismantling of the Catholic Church. Afterwards part of the building was used as a residence by Dr Owen, Henry VIII's physician. The abbey was fortified during the Civil War and then burnt down in 1645. Very little remains except a walled enclosure with some domestic buildings.

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